Pazzles Tutorial – Introduction to Line Guides Monday, Sep 15 2008 

Here’s my first attempt at creating a tutorial on how to use the Pazzles Inspiration Studio. My first installment will be an introduction to line guides. 🙂

This is dedicated to Klo (here’s her blog: ) for being an inspiration to me and many others! 🙂

I hope you enjoy it. I apologize for the resolution and the difficulty in seeing the little dots on the mat! 😦


Days until Summer! Saturday, Sep 13 2008 

Because I care…

S.C. Contest Winners announced! Tuesday, Jul 15 2008 

Well, the contest listed here

was over on Friday, July 12. I was happy to see a few entries from people who thought they knew what Sir Craftalot looks like (or SHOULD look like!)

It was hard to choose the first-place winner, so I decided to give TWO first-place prizes:

One to CamAtwell (from the MB):

Heres SC standing proud!

Here's SC standing proud!


Guarding his scrapbook proudly!

Guarding his scrapbook proudly!

Sharing first place is Goatesgirl (from the MB):
Heres SC with Riley, his steed!

Here's SC with Riley, his steed!

Both ladies will receive a $10 gift card to Michaels!
Honorary mention goes to the son of PattyR (from the MB):
Heres S.C. ready for action!

Here's S.C. ready for action!

And from Braden, the son of goatesgirl:
S.C. in a heroic montage!

S.C. in a heroic montage!

Both squires will receive a $5 Michaels gift card!

Also, I’ll take the time to introduce a friend of the Sir Craftalot Royal Artistic Patrol (SCRAP)… Mini-S.C.!

Mini SC!

Mini SC!

Thanks for entering the contest! I loved seeing all the entries!  🙂
The winners should contact me with their addresses so I can send off the rewards!
Until next time, loyal readers,

I guess I was tagged? Monday, Jul 14 2008 

Okay, seems I was “tagged” by Capadia (from the Cricut Message Board). I’ve never been one for these types of games, but I figure it’s rude to just ignore it…so here goes: 


Ten Years Ago: I was 31 and still fairly new to teaching.
Five things on today’s to-do list: Well, it’s close to 11 PM so I guess I should say, “Put on pajamas, brush teeth, get into bed, turn off light, sleep.”  😉
Snacks I enjoy: I like sweet and sour things (Sweettarts, skittles, etc.) I also hear brownies can be quite good.
Places I’ve lived: New Hampshire, California. Boring, I know.
I’m going to tag: Really…nobody. 🙂 I guess I’m a party-pooper…but I did play part of the game! 😉

My scraproom Friday, Jul 11 2008 

Okay, better late than never I always say (just not to my students).

Here’s a video of my scraproom that is in response to one of Robyn’s earlier SQUIDs on the Cricut MB.

This is dedicated to SftBrn.  🙂

I’m published! Wednesday, Jul 2 2008 

Okay, so it’s not published in the traditional sense, but I did get an article into the electronic magainze, found at! 🙂

A couple years ago, when I first got into the hobby, I created a fun post on their message boards that included a guy’s guide to scrapbooking. Well, just recently, the editor came to me with the desire to finally publish it in the magazine! 🙂

And the rest is *cough* literary history!

Anyway, here’s the link… I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

A Guy’s Guide To Scrapbooking

Tutorial – Uploading Photos to Photobucket Thursday, Jun 26 2008 

After creating a tutorial about embedding multiple photos on the Cricut message board, I was asked to create a tutorial on uploading photos to Photobucket.
Here’s what I came up with:

*Please note, that this is assuming you have a Photobucket account. If you don’t, go to the website and create one. It’s self-explanatory. There won’t be a tutorial on doing it. 🙂

Thanks for looking!

Until next time, loyal readers!

Adding multiple images to a Cricut Message Board Post Thursday, Jun 26 2008 

Greetings all!

Every so often the question “How do I embed (add) more than one image in my post?” comes up on the Cricut Message Board.

I’ve created a small tutorial in hopes of answering your question.

As mentioned in the video, I upload/store my photos at

Hope it answers many questions! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it.

Until next time, loyal viewers!

Another option to store Skittles Friday, May 23 2008 

Okay, so I decided to NOT use the Button Bank that I purchased at Joanns for my Skittles. I’m hoping that I still have the receipt to return it! 🙂

I did find these handy magnetic jars at my Home Depot (in the same aisle where they sell pegboard hooks, etc.

These are pretty cool. They come with a thin metal bar and the screws to attach the bar to a wall, or underside of a cabinet. The lids of the jars are quite magnetic and they basically “cling” to the included metal bar. So, you can have the bars hanging from the underside of a shelf or cabinet…or you can have them perpendicular to the wall as I chose to do (with the help of my handy dad!):

The magnet, as I said, is pretty strong and able to keep the jars from falling.

To use a Skittle (for example, a yellow one), I simply remove the jar:

And I have the Skittles in my grubby little hand!

With the jars within reach of my workspace, I like the fact that they don’t take up valuable table space and they’re not too big or small. 🙂

Until next time!

A couple of edits:

1. The price was about $7 I believe? I can’t rightly recall.
2. The jars do NOT hold an entire bag of Skittles. They do hold much of them. I just store the leftovers in snack-sized ziploc bags in another drawer. 🙂

Ribbon Storage Saturday, May 17 2008 

Hello all,

While wandering around Home Depot, I suddenly remembered that I needed some pegboard hooks. So I meandered over to that section and discovered a possible solution for my ribbon storage! Who’d a thunk?!

Below, is a picture of what I found. It’s a holder that is used on pegboard and it’s for paper towel, twine, and wire. So, why not ribbon?! It cost about $2.57 and seemed to be on clearance (as the tag was yellow):

Although it states it’s for pegboard, it comes with corner holes (as you can see) so somebody can drill it into regular wood (or your wall).

I decided to try it out in my scraproom that has some pegboard near my worktable:


As you see, it works great! I purchased three of them. Now, please note that the plastic rod is rather thick, so I did have to use a steak knife and widen the holes of most of my spools. But that didn’t take too long.

And yes, perhaps it’s not the prettiest ribbon holder out there…

 ribbon storage

but it gets the job done!  🙂

And for about $8.00 for all three of them, it’s a lot less expensive than the $10 (I had a 50% coupon!) I paid for the Martha Stewart Ribbon Storage boxes. That’s $10 EACH!

Hope this proves inspirational for somebody.

Until next time!

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